||Biography: Peter was raised by his aunt May and uncle Ben Parker,
both of whom adored him and treated him as if he was their own son.
Although happy at home his school life did not always run as smoothly, and
Peter, a hardworking and intelligent young man, was frequently bullied
throughout high school, by the arrogant and self centered
During his mid-teens Peter attended the exhibition of a new particle accelerator where, unknown to any of the scientists, a common house spider crawled in to the path of the beam. The arachnid became irradiated and happened to bite Peter's hand thus changing his body chemistry giving him his amazing abilities. Seeing his newly acquired skill's as a wonderful opportunity to gain both money and recognition, Peter designed his infamous web-shooters, donned a costume and set out to become a show business superstar. "Spider-Man's" career did in fact begin to take off, but Peter all the while became more and more egotistical and self centered. Then tragedy struck. On his way to a television appearance he didn't bother to stop a robber, who, during a subsequent burglary not long afterwards, shot dead his uncle Ben. Devastated and feeling extremely guilty, Peter gave up the lime light and devoted himself to fighting crime.
In order to help pay his way and financially aid his aunt May, Peter works part time as a photographer for The Daily Bugle. Not surprisingly his specialty is taking shots of Spider-Man in action [a feat he accomplishes via the help of his trusty old automatic camera.] He then sells the photos to his irascible boss J. Jonah Jameson [Who incidentally detests Spidey.] As is the case with most super heroes, only a chosen few know of their secret identity. Peter first met Angelica Jones at an inventors convention, smitten by her good looks, he was both shocked and delighted to subsequently discover [albeit through a mere fluke of luck] that she was in fact Firestar. Deducing that her friend Bobby Drake must therefore be Iceman, he confronted the two heroes and revealed to them his own secret identity. Hence The Spider-Friends were born!
Capers: The comic book world differs slightly from that of the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends TV show. Although Spidey's early history remains [more or less] synonymous, we learn that his comic book counter part never actually teamed up with Iceman and Firestar, but remains [for the most part] a solo crime fighter. Notable facts are as follows:
1: The comic books specify that Peter's parents were supposedly killed in a plane
crash when he was only six years old.
2: Peter gained his diploma in physics and biology at ESU, then began work on his
graduate degree in biophysics.
3: He has been thrice engaged.
- Once to Betty Brant [an old friend and colleague from The Daily Bugle.]
- Once to Gwen Stacy [who was murdered at the hands of The Green Goblin.]
- And finally to Mary Jane Watson [who bears an uncanny resemblance
to Angelica!] The two were married on June 5th, 1987.
4: Eugene "Flash" Thompson was best man at Peter's wedding [would you believe
the two have actually become good friends?!]